On 25 July, the Director of the Office of representation of the JSPS in France, Kazuhiko SAIGO, presented its research programmes to Université Paris-Saclay.
The Japan Society for the Promotion of Science
The Japan Society for the Promotion of Science is the biggest funding agency for fundamental research projects in Japan, in all scientific fields of research - pure and applied science, human and social science. Founded in 1932, the JSPS is under the authority of the MEXT – Ministry for Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology. Its mission is to select and support research projects in Japan (like the NSF in the USA), and to promote international scientific cooperation at large by supporting cross-projects between higher education and innovation.
Key programmes for UPSaclay students, PhD students and researchers
The JSPS has – some longstanding – collaborations with several UPSaclay member institutions, such as the CNRS in human and social science, the Inserm in life sciences and health, the Inria in digital science, automation and applied mathematics, and the IHES in mathematics. Many students and researchers from UPSaclay have benefitted from JSPS programmes (short and long term postdoctoral research fellowships, guest fellowships, joint research project, seminars, summer programmes): since 2015, 14 researchers within the framework of Short-term et Long-term programmes, and 4 within the framework of summer programmes. The JSPS has also established an alumni network enabling members to be invited to Japan over 14 to 45-day periods.
Today’s discussions have enabled representatives from Université Paris-Saclay, Guillaume Garreta, Director of International Relations, ENS Paris-Saclay, Prof. Keitaro Nakatani, vice-president for research, and Université Paris-Sud, Prof. Sandrine Lacombe, vice-president for international relations, to discuss these programmes and identify avenues of interest for their institutions ahead of another visit by the JSPS in the autumn, which will be the opportunity to present openings for application to a wide community of students and student-researchers.
Headline picture: from left to right, Prof. Keitaro NAKATANI, Prof. Kazuhiko SAIGO, Guillaume GARRETA, Ms. Chihiro SAEKI (JSPS), Catherine STEPHAN-EVAIN (ENS Paris-Saclay), Mr. Yosuke SHIOI (JSPS)